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Alan Radley

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Chapter 2: Displays and Fragments: Embodiment and the Configuration of Social Worlds

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Displays and Fragments: Embodiment and the Configuration of Social Worlds
Displays and fragments: Embodiment and the configuration of social worlds
AlanRadley

Abstract. This paper draws a distinction between the concepts of embodiment and the body. It focuses upon embodiment as a central condition of social life, through which individuals are able to symbolize their world. The physically bounded body is often seen as a matter relating either to individual experiences of corporeality, or to social evaluations and constraints concerning its scope of action. Embodiment, however, is fundamental to how people collectively and individually ‘take a stand’ towards each other, and in so doing define or propose the worlds in which they meet. The paper explores this idea through an examination of display in social life, drawing upon the ...

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